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Dr Simon Lance

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Project title:

Interactions between atmospheric layers and deep convection in planets and stars.

Supervised by:
Prof. Matthew Browning (
Prof. Nathan Mayne (


Current work:

Dynamical interfaces between convectively unstable interiors and fully-compressible, atmospheric layers are ubiquitous in both stars and gas giant planets. However their representation in numerical simulations is often handled poorly by the use of unphysical boundary conditions or just simply neglected entirely. The overall aim of my PhD is to explore the coupling between these dynamically different regions by attempting to module the two regions within the same computational framework utalising Dedalus (


Attended events:

  • BCool 2019 - Meeting at the University of Exeter, UK, July 2019
  • Stellar Hydro Days V - Meeting at the University of Exeter, UK, June 2019
  • UKEXOM 2019 - Meeting at Imperial College London, UK, April 2019


Teaching experience (2018-present):

Post graduate teaching assistant including lab demonstration, problems class support, and leading tutorials.
Modules include:

  • PHY1025 - Mathematical Skills
  • PHY1026 - Mathematics for Physicists
  • NSC1002 - Mathematics and Computing: Integrative Tools for Natural Sciences
  • NSC1003 - Foundations in Natural Sciences (Physics)
  • NSC1004 - Experimental Science (Physics)
  • PHY2035 - Scientific Programming in Python

Supervisory support for two MPhys projects alongside Prof. Matthew Browning (2019-present).